Thursday, 6 May 2021

HLS Stencil May

It's time now for the HLS stencil challenge for May. 
 As always it is Anything Goes which gives you plenty of scope. I  have to say I always find ATG hard as I have to think up a theme for myself. This time I drew inspiration from a small canvas hich I made a number of years ago and is on my craft room wall. So I dug out the Clarity stencil I had used and a Lavinia Stamps one for the background.
I brushed the background with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink then used gold embossing paste through the Clarity Stencil. It had to be gold as my others had dried up through old age! No sentiment until I know what I'm going to use it for.
Do check out the rest of the DT makes and hope to see you in the gallery.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

HLS Christmas May

Welcome to the third HLS challenge for May and this time it's Christmas. It's the perfect opportunity to get ahead with those Christmas cards and avoid the rush later in the year.


 I have gone with the optional theme as I usually do - Mistletoe. The stamp is a magazine freebie from last Christmas which was still in it's packaging.

I stamped and heat embossed in gold three times on black cardstock. The leaves and berries are painted with my neglected H2Os. The sentiment in gold card was cut with a Paper Rose die - another NBUS item. Then I liberally added some gold splatters and mounted it onto a green card base.

I do hope you'll join in with us, but if you need more inspiration, check out the challenge blog. I’m also sharing this with Cas Christmas Card Challenge.

Friday, 30 April 2021

HLS Watercolour May

It's the start of May in Australia, although not quite here yet! So that means it's time for the new HLS Wateercolour Challenge.

As always it is Anything Goes. I decided to use a Simon Says Stamp image that I hadn't used before, and chose a pastel colour palette. I smooshed the background with Speckled Egg and Scattered Straw Distress Ink.,then fussy cut the image.

I added it to a card blank with an aperture to frame it nicely.
Do check out the rest of the DT makes and I hope to see you joining in.

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Rudolph Day April

Rudolph Day is here again! I’m sure it comes round faster each month!  I was going through some of my old magazines and came across a Joanna Sheen one with Thomas Kinkade images, so decided it was time to use at least one of them.
My design is very loosely based on one in the magazine. The image is decoupaged and fits inside the embossed frame that also came with the magazine. I mounted this onto some very old Kanban card and placed it at a jaunty angle. Some sequins and a peel off sentiment finished the card. I’m afraid I’m a bit behind with commenting. I bought a new iPad and list access to Bloglovin for a couple of days until I managed to get it sorted.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

A Wheelie Nice Card!

It was my youngest son's birthday last month and he is a keen mountain biker so his card had to reflect that. I found a cut file on Silhouette which I used. I cut it out twice, once in blue and once in black so that I could make it look sort of like his bike.

It looked a bit naked just on a white background so before I glued it down I added mud splatters using SU's Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. For once he was suitably impressed!  I'm sharing this over at Cardz for Guys who are looking for wheels and the Playground as snippets were used.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Upcycled Card

The challenge at Jingle Belles is to recycle in recognition of Earth is achallenge Day. This is the first time I have entered this challenge and I'm squeezing in at almost the last minute.

I have cut out part of a Christmas card received last year and mounted it onto an embossed card. A sentiment from my stash completed the card.

Friday, 16 April 2021

Twofer Leaves.

 I thought I'd better get this post written today just in case I react to the 2nd Covid Jab which I had this morning. Not sure how it will react with the steroids I'm having to take.I do know though that I probably won't be as protected as I would be if I wasn't having to take them. It also took me three days to make these cards as I was having a couple of tired days. It is so easy to overdo things now!

The Twofer challenge this month is Leaves. I came across this die in my stash when I was looking for something else and thought I would use it. I've got no idea where I got it from or how long I've had it!

The first card was nice and easy. I cut the leaves out of green card and mounted it on a previously made background. The die  cut frame was also in my bits and bobs drawer.

The second one took a lot more thought. Eventually I cut the left hand leaf off and inked it randomly with Distress oxides, then cut and inked another three.
I found a matching snippet of orange paper which I wrapped with linen thread and mounted on the bottom of the card and placed the four leaves randomly along the join.

And here they are together.

Off  for a rest now befoer I go for my post lockdown haircut. I don't think my hair has been this long since I was in my twenties!

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Birthday Wings!

It's the middle of the month so time for a new challenge at Perfectly CAS, and this month it is "Wings".


 Now I'm fairly sure that the popular choices will be butterflies, dragonflies,birds and bees. I decided to be different!

No NBUS here either as the plane is a very old SU stamp and the sentiment an old one from Clarity. I stamped the plane first then lined up the sentiment to look as though it was coming from the exhaust,. I stamped it in blue and red (very patriotic), reminiscent of the Red Arrows! It looked a bit naked so I masked off the rest of the card and carefully applied a very pale blue Copic - intentionally patchy _ for the sky.

Don't forget to use just one third of your card to join us. Lots more ideas on the challenge blog!

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Paper Pieced Pants!

One of the blogs I follow frequently has paper pieced images onit and I always wonder hy I don't do more of it. Well this month the CAS Mix Up challenge is asking for paper piecing so I had to join in.

I had a rummage for a suitable stamp and found this old one from Little Claire Designs and thought it might make a good male card.

The scalloped rectangle is a Julie Hickey die. The papers are from my large stash of snippets so I'm also sharing at Pixie's Playground.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Golden Birthday Buddha

It was recently Roy's birthday and as he is very fond of oriental things having lived in Hong Kong many years ago, I wanted to make a suitable card. He is particularly fond of Buddha's and when I saw this stamp last year, I knew it would make a perfect card for him. I have to thank Jane for her enabling post here.

I stamped and embossed on gold mirri card and then mounted it onto a leafy background, made with a Uniko background stamp and inked around the edges.That should have been the finished card but I made a mess on the inside! So cut the front off and mounted it on to a gold A5 card, then was much more careful stamping on the inside. I'm sharing this at the NBUS challenge and Watercooler Challenge.


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